Our 30 Spring Essentials + How We Get Ready for the Season

It’s spring, it’s spring! (Kind of.) Chicago has felt a string of 70-degree days, although lest we get too excited, there was also a mini blizzard this past weekend. Even still, it’s so close. Thisclose. Can you feel it? Every year, Scott and I joke that Chicagoans have winter amnesia, us included. We’re so ridiculously […]

A Night In

This post is in collaboration with Article. On a good day, 60-degree weather in the city can feel a good ten degrees warmer when the sun’s hitting you. It’s during times like these that we like to eat lunch on our east-facing back patio, where the cool air is mixed with hot sun. For the better […]

Let There Be (Outdoor) Light!

If it hasn’t been incredibly obvious over the last handful of updates, we’ve really been focusing on our house’s exterior – and my goodness, the power of paint! And new concrete! And well made stairs! (Can you tell we’re thrilled to nix the baseboard talk; if only for a little while?) After all of those […]

A Perked Up Patio

First things first; you guys are beyond amazing! Thank you for the Small Cool love yesterday. Voting runs through Friday, so there’s still time to ‘Favorite’ our little home. Jack sends his (slobbery) kisses! Scott and I spent the past holiday weekend back home in Cincinnati with family. We came home Sunday afternoon exhausted and […]

Penguin Planter (or, Penguin Gets a Hairdo)

This is one of those weird projects that, while not the most beautiful, has sentimental meaning. Years ago, I sculpted a giant penguin in my college ceramics class. My penguin is slightly crooked (maker’s error), not exactly proportional to the actual penguin anatomy, and as a result of moving him from home to home, one […]